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'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey': What Worked & What Didn't

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 17, 2012 12:15 PM
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For a long time, it seemed as though "The Hobbit" would never get made. Despite the multi-billion dollar success of Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" films, the rights to J.R.R. Tolkien's earlier novel were tangled up, and Jackson didn't even seem to be sure he wanted to go back to Middle Earth. Even once the film got underway, MGM's bankruptcy delayed the film for years, losing original director Guillermo Del Toro in the process.

Review: ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Rallies From A Goofy Opening To Become Another Thrilling, If Familiar, Action-Adventure Epic

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 4, 2012 12:00 AM
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At almost three hours, Peter Jackson’s fourth foray into the world of J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is initially worrisome and typically self-indulgent. An extremely jarring 48 fps look -- which looks like an odd "Masterpiece Theater" in HD -- is unsettling, and the opening is slow-going and tepidly genteel, taking its time with two prologues, one that includes an aged Bilbo Baggins (Ian Holm) and Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood). And while “The Lord Of The Rings” films always sported a jovial and light-hearted tone, 'The Hobbit' (set some 60 years before the events of ‘LOTR’) ratchets up the goofiness to a near unfortunate level (yes, the source material is more of a kids' book, but even this is a little much).

Ian McKellan & Patrick Stewart Return For 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 27, 2012 3:10 PM
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Well, this just got a whole lot more interesting. With the upcoming 'X-Men' movie featuring a plot that involves time travel/time jumping to a certain degree, many wondered if this new series would reach back to the first trilogy of films that were capped off by "X-Men: The Last Stand." And now there is a pretty clear argument that it will likely happen.

Ian McKellen Reveals His Pros & Cons In Reprising Gandalf, Martin Talks The Pull Of The Ring On Bilbo In 'The Hobbit' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 25, 2012 4:16 PM
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It was a while ago, so you might have forgotten, but at one point it was a question mark whether or not Ian McKellen would return to Middle Earth to play Gandalf. "Sequels aren’t necessarily as rewarding to act in as their originals," McKellen wrote on his blog at the beginning of 2011 responding to a report about the reasons why or why not he was going to be in "The Hobbit" films. "The deciding negotiation was not about money but about dates. Gandalf is needed on set over the next 18 months but with sizeable breaks when I can work on other projects. My worry that I could not easily escape from Middle Earth was lifted."

Gollum, Gandalf, Galadriel & More In 10 New Pics From 'The Hobbit'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 3, 2012 9:04 AM
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With this week’s release of “The Amazing Spider-Man” -- and "The Dark Knight Rises" just around the corner -- we’re at the halfway point of the summer blockbuster season. But there will be big spectacles to come right through to the end of the year, including Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

Trailer For 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Finally Arrives; Feels Awfully Familiar

  • By The Playlist
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  • December 20, 2011 10:07 PM
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Well, it screened recently at AICN's "Butt-Numb-A-Thon" -- an annual 72 hour non-stop screening of genre-minded films, plus some early sneak peeks from the new year -- and it was rumored to appear this weekend in front of Warner Bros' "Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows," and that's likely the case, as here it is: the first teaser trailer for Peter Jackson's long-time-coming "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" has finally arrived (almost an ironically fitting title since Guillermo del Toro was originall supposed to direct the film).

New Look At Ian McKellen As Gandalf & Martin Freeman As Bilbo Baggins In ‘The Hobbit’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 29, 2011 12:59 PM
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Yes, we're still eighteen months away from "The Hobbit" hitting theaters but the fever for the films directed by Peter Jackson is already running very high. Last week, fans got a very early treat when the first official stills from the film hit the web and it looks like the filmmakers aren't being shy about showing off a little bit more.

First Official Look At Martin Freeman As Bilbo Baggins In 'The Hobbit'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 23, 2011 1:34 AM
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To say that anticipation for Peter Jackson's two-part "The Hobbit" is running high would be an understatement, but luckily for fans of the franchise, the director has gone into the next two films allowing a pretty big window into the world he's conjuring up down in New Zealand. With frequent Facebook updates and communication with fans, it's perhaps not too surprising that the first official look at the film has arrived pretty much right in the middle of production.

Ian McKellen & Judi Dench To Star In Period Zombie Comedy 'The Curse of The Buxom Strumpet'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2011 1:49 AM
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Gillian Anderson and Mark Williams Also In CastOne of the hottest properties around Hollywood in the last few years has been Seth Grahame-Smith's "Pride & Prejudice & Zombies," a revisionist take on Jane Austen's classic romance that chucks the undead into the mix. But despite being in development for a couple of years now, the film's made slow progress, burning through two directors, David O. Russell and Mike White, before landing its current helmer, "Lars and The Real Girl"'s Craig Gillespie, and it's yet to officially attach any cast members, despite the rumored interest of Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Bradley Cooper and others. Backers Lionsgate had better get a move on, because it looks like their zombies-in-corset shtick may get beaten to the box office by a low-budget rival, one that seems to have assembled an extremely prestigious cast.

First Look At The Entire Cast Of 'The Hobbit'; Ian McKellen Plans On A Play During Filming Downtime

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 11, 2011 6:25 AM
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Take a good look. These are the faces (and names) that are going to dominate the movie blogosphere for the next couple of years. With Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" now set to lens next month after the director had a minor medical setback, the cast assembled for a press conference this week in New Zealand and a few photos were snapped of the entire crew. Aren't they a pleasant looking bunch? Obviously these are key players so if you're wondering where Elijah Wood and Cate Blanchett are, just remember, their appearances in the film are likely not going to be very large.

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